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107 years after the Titanic sank, I went to where it all began

By Janice Rodrigues

On April 14, at approximately 11.40 pm, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg. The ship had been designed to stay afloat if four of her forward compartments flooded, but the glancing blow she received opened up six. The result was a night of chaos and horror as the crew attempted to help passengers into lifeboats, knowing full well there weren’t enough. Two hours and 40 minutes after striking the iceberg, the grand ship disappeared into the North Atlantic Ocean, as chilly temperatures of -2°C killed most passengers and crew still on board within 15 minutes.

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The Japanese village where scarecrows outnumber humans

By AFP

In the tiny village of Nagoro, deep in the mountains of western Japan, the wind howls down a deserted street with not a living soul to be seen. Yet, the street appears busy, dotted with life-sized dolls that outnumber humans 10 to one, the product of a one-woman bid to counter the emptiness and loneliness felt in Nagoro, like many Japanese villages decimated by depopulation. Continue reading The Japanese village where scarecrows outnumber humans

Why a nighttime stroll through LA beat the official tour

By Dhanusha Gokulan

When you’re in sunny California — the land of Hollywood, hippie counterculture, fast food, and the birthplace of the Internet — there’s very little not to love. Yet, I did not possess my wanderlust spirits at nighttime. Thanks to mainstream American media, I have to admit: even smiling, friendly faces became menacing scowls to me after the sun set. Continue reading Why a nighttime stroll through LA beat the official tour